Alexandre Leferre, Paris, 76 x 57 x 41 mm, circa 1820
A rare enamel snuff box with genre scenes
Case: silver, gilt, polychrome enamel with gilt mountings. Case maker's punch mark "AL" (Alexandre Leferre), Paris; Belgian import mark 1831-1868.
The rectangular box with rounded corners, the cover, base and sides inset with enamel plaques painted with genre scenes and a rustic interior tavern scene after the Belgian artist David Tenier the Younger (1610-1690). Gilt mountings with decorative scrolls and rosettes.
Alexander Leferre (before 1806 to 1838) was one of the best known members of an established family of Parisian goldsmiths. Much of his production was portrait boxes in an earlier style, but he also did ones mounted "a cage" in 18th century style, such as two in the Louvre collection mounted with vernis martin panels and european lacquer.
Case: very good, hairlines